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Take Me With You [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Ryan Hyde
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August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his nineteen-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go.

What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip—and the bonds that develop between them—would prove, driving each to create a new destiny together.

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Hyde’s followers, who love the warmth and inspiration they draw from her work (Walk Me Home, 2013, etc.), won’t be disappointed by this latest effort.

August is on his way to Yellowstone to go camping, but his RV has broken down, leaving him and his small part–Jack Russell terrier, Woody, stranded in a one-horse desert town. While the mechanic, Wes, works on the vehicle, the science teacher frets that he won’t have enough money to make it to the park. He’s not going for pleasure, although that was the original purpose of the trip; instead, he’s transporting some of his son’s ashes so he can sprinkle them around the park. He and Phillip, who was killed in the car accident that led to the breakup of August’s marriage, had planned the trip together. Now it seems as though the RV’s engine repairs will eat up most of his cash. Then Wes makes August an offer he can’t refuse: Finish your trip, but! take my two boys with you, and I won’t charge you anything. The boys, 12-year-old Seth, and Henry, 7, will go into the foster system if Wes, who's scheduled to serve 90 days in jail, can’t find an alternative. August refuses but finally relents, and what follows is a lifelong bond among a recovering alcoholic, a wise young boy who's been forced to play the grown-up since his mom walked out, and sweet but silent Henry. Hyde’s books can be almost relentlessly uplifting, but in her case, that’s not a bad thing. She does it well and manages to avoid bringing religion, schmaltz, or improbable outcomes into the mix, instead relying on crisp, clean prose and a straightforward method of storytelling that has its own unique appeal.

A story about good people doing their best to survive, combined with a message that will cause readers to close the book feeling a bit more hopeful about humanity.


“Bestseller Hyde’s (Pay it Forward) 24th book digs deeply into the ties of love, between both family and strangers...Hyde gives her characters great internal depth, and the book’s scope gives readers time to savor this memorable, moving journey.” —Publishers Weekly

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  • File Size: 2415 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (July 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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237 of 245 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paying It Forward July 22, 2014
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Though I am new to the writing of Catherine Ryan Hyde, after reading Take Me With You, I must say I am impressed. With an earnest and unembellished style, Hyde writes with the clear message that compassion is contagious: when you treat others with decency and respect, you just might receive decency, respect, or even love, in return. In Take Me With You this message is made manifest in the story of August Schroeder, a recovering alcoholic, who befriends two troubled boys during a trip to Yellowstone National Park. What happens next is a journey that will reaffirm your faith in the human spirit--in that the wounded can heal when they reach out to others who have also been wounded. And although the story may be sentimental, the honesty of the author's prose and the humor in her characters prevent melodramatic excess. In fact reading a book in which goodness is rewarded was a refreshing change for me, and I plan to read other novels by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Do the readers of this review have any recommendations?
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Take Me With You is such an amazing and satisfying read that words fail me to describe its elegant prose, well-drawn characters, and a storyline that is sure to please Catherine Ryan Hyde's multitude of fans throughout the world who eagerly await her next novel; and Take Me With You will also earn her plenty of new ones. I started this book and could not put it down: I took it with me everywhere: to Starbucks, to the gym, to doctor appointments, and even on daily errands. (My partner did most of the shopping while I sat in the car and finished a chapter I'd started at home.) Take Me With You is that good. Poignant, funny, with great dialogue and characters you will immediately identify with. And there's a bonus: a road trip or two through some of our country's most beautiful and breathtaking settings sure to please any reader. What are you waiting for? Grab your copy now. People will be talking about Take Me With You for some time to come.
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for introducing me to such a talented author, and providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Take Me With You was totally Amazing!! This is one of those rare books you will want to Pre-Order or purchase the day it is released.

From the first page, this heartwarming story, grabs you and pulls you in, with a strong hold until the ending, and thereafter in your thoughts. My only issue was having to stop and finish work – and this is the type of book, you want to savor every word, as it will transform your life, as you cry and laugh with characters you learn to love and care for.

My favorite part was learning to “Just BE.” We all are guilty of rushing to arrive at our destination and do not enjoy the journey, and the experience of the present time.

This engaging story begins with a guy named August (a former alcoholic) divorced, school teacher, still grieving his teenage son Philip who died in a car accident. Now he is taking his motorhome, alone for the summer to visit the national parks, hike, and scatter his son’s ashes for his final goodbye.

However, fate steps in when he has problems with his RV and calls a towing company (man named Wes, also an alcoholic raising two small boys). Little does August know, while he is awaiting the repair of his RV, in order to get back on the road, this connection with this man and these two small boys, will change the course of his life forever, as well as the lives and destiny of these two small boys (Seth and Henry).

An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go.
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111 of 127 people found the following review helpful
Catherine Ryan Hyde has once again written a fabulous story in this novel, interwoven with all of her favourite pass times. It features two young boys, their alcoholic father and a recovering alcoholic who is a passer by who gets tricked into taking the two boys on an epic journey in a camper van, fulfilling a deep need for himself.

It’s an absolute cracker of a story. August Schroeder, the passer by, is a teacher grieving for his 19-year-old son who died in an automobile accident while his mother, also a heavy drinker but just under the legal limit, was at the wheel. She walked away unhurt but deeply affected by the loss of her son. August had not taken a drink since Philip’s death, which ended his marriage. He had planned a holiday to Yellowstone with Philip but was now taking some of his ashes to be scattered in an act of remembrance. The camper van had broken down and Wes; the boy’s father was repairing his van. During the course of the repairs Wes asked Schroeder to do him a favour. He needed a minder for his two sons while he served a gaol sentence of 90 days. He asked Schroeder to take his boys with him for this trip of a lifetime in return for doing the repairs for free. It was the only way that August would be able to afford to complete the journey. The two boys were well behaved and friendly. After some careful thought August agreed, accepting a refund for the tow back to Wes’s yard and money for their keep.

The three of them start off on their adventure as soon as the repairs are completed. The oldest son, Seth, aged twelve, was a lively and helpful lad, full of wonder at the natural world and enthusiastic about every new experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Take Me With You" took me too!
I loved every part of this story because I understood each and every character as if he was part of my family. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Ann Gillentine
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story to cure what ails you! : )
Every time I finish a Catherine Ryan Hyde novel, I am left with a mixture of bliss and sadness. Her stories are simple, yet impactful and focus on characters you can easily love. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Shafer
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds you how special life is
In a world filled with so much hurt and pain, each of our journeys as unique as our fingerprint, this book reminds us how precious our time and relationships really are. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Chad
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
I loved this heart warming story from the beginning. My only complaint, was that their was a eight year gap in the relationship between August & the young boys, Seth & Henry. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by driver dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
This was a great read with a heartfelt ending. The book helps one see the true meaning of the law of sowing and reaping. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Bunny Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't think it would be as good as it was
Take Me with You was a surprise. I didn't think it would be as good as it was. I've read Catherine Ryan Hyde novels before and enjoyed them but I really like this one. Read more
Published 1 day ago by pbrennen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
This story took a difficult situation and showed how we grow from them. It had a few twists. I really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one will stay with me a long time
Made me do a lot of soul searching of how I have handled my losses. Insightful and inspiring. Great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think...
This book touched my heart, made me cry and laugh. I'm going to miss these people and I enjoyed every minute of getting to know them.
Published 1 day ago by April C.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great summer read!
Very intriguing story line with plenty of room for self reflection along the way. I wonder how many others would have assumed custody of two young boys for three months, without... Read more
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Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 30 published and forthcoming books, including WORTHY, THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS, TAKE ME WITH YOU, WHERE WE BELONG, WHEN I FOUND YOU, WALK ME HOME, SECOND HAND HEART, DON'T LET ME GO, and WHEN YOU WERE OLDER. New Kindle editions of her backlist titles FUNERALS FOR HORSES, EARTHQUAKE WEATHER AND OTHER STORIES, ELECTRIC GOD, and WALTER'S PURPLE HEART are now available. Also available is THE LONG, STEEP PATH: EVERYDAY INSPIRATION FROM THE AUTHOR OF PAY IT FORWARD, her first book-length creative nonfiction.

An avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, she has just released her first book of photos, 365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE: PHOTOS FROM A BEAUTIFUL WORLD.

She is co-author, with publishing industry blogger Anne R. Allen, of HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE: A SELF-HELP GUIDE.

Her best-known novel, PAY IT FORWARD, was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries. The paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller. Simon & Schuster released PAY IT FORWARD: YOUNG READERS' EDITION in August of '14. It is suitable for kids as young as eight. A special Fifteenth Anniversary Edition of the original PAY IT FORWARD was released in December of '14

LOVE IN THE PRESENT TENSE enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the bestseller lists, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year award at the British Book Awards. Both BECOMING CHLOE and JUMPSTART THE WORLD were included on the ALA's Rainbow List, and JUMPSTART THE WORLD was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. WHERE WE BELONG won two Rainbow Awards in 2013.

More than 50 of her short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and many other journals, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog is my Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O'Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.

She is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation, and still serves on its board of directors. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.

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